Thanh Hoa Tourism Guide 2023: Top 10 must-experience places

Thanh Hoa has an area of ​​​​over 11,000 km2, the 5th largest in the country, 102 km long coastline with many different ecological zones. This is an area that develops many types of tourism such as discovery, relaxation, spirituality.

The famous Ham Rong Bridge (left) in Thanh Hoa. Photo: Le Hoang

Beautiful season

Thanh Hoa has two distinct seasons. The hot season starts from May to October, it is sunny, rainy and often has storms and floods, the average temperature is 38-40 degrees Celsius. The cold season is from November to April, often with northeast monsoon, less rainy and dry season at the beginning of the season. The lowest temperature can be down to 2 degrees Celsius.

The best time to visit Thanh Hoa is from March to August. Summer is suitable to go to famous beaches. Autumn, the weather is cool, suitable for vacations. At this time, tourists also decrease, service prices are more stable compared to peak times.


Thanh Hoa is about 160 km from Hanoi along National Highway 1A and more than 1,400 km from Ho Chi Minh City. Visitors can come by many means such as train, motorbike, passenger car or plane, depending on the starting location.

The ticket price for Thong Nhat train from Hanoi ranges from 140,000 to 280,000 VND per ticket depending on seat class and train type. This is a way to save money and enjoy the scenery on the road.

Bus routes from Hanoi to Thanh Hoa are operated by many bus companies. Visitors can buy tickets at My Dinh or Giap Bat bus stations with prices ranging from 150,000 VND to 200,000 VND per ticket.($1=24,000 VND)

If using a private car from Hanoi to Thanh Hoa, there are two routes: National Highway 1A Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Thanh Hoa or Phap Van – Cau Gie – Ninh Binh – Thanh Hoa highway. From the end of April 2023, the Mai Son – National Highway 54 connecting the two provinces of Ninh Binh – Thanh Hoa helps to move from Hanoi to about 2 hours.

Ho Chi Minh City is more than 1,400 km from Thanh Hoa. For tourists from the southern provinces, the plane is the most convenient means of transportation, landing at Tho Xuan airport. Round trip ticket price of Vietnam Airlines, Bamboo Airways, Vietjet Air is about 2-3 million VND, flight time is nearly 2 hours.

To move to the city center, visitors can take a taxi, a shuttle service or a bus. The three biggest taxi companies are Mai Linh, Mekong and Taxi 36. In addition, there are local buses in Thanh Hoa.


Some hotels located in the center of Thanh Hoa city are Muong Thanh Grand Hotel, Melia Vinpearl Thanh Hoa, Phu Hung Hotel, Central Hotel, Phuong Hoang Hotel… downtown. The average room rate is from 600,000 VND to more than 1 million VND per night.

Hotels, motels at some beaches and resorts cost more. In Sam Son, if looking for a place to stay near the sea, with a beautiful view, visitors can refer to the system of hotels, resorts and private villas at FLC, Van Chai resort; in Hai Tien, there are Paracel resort, Moonlight Hotel, Hai Tien resort, Eureka Linh Truong; In Bai Dong, there is Nghi Son Eco Island… Room rates range from 800,000 VND to about 4 million VND per night.

In addition, visitors can also choose budget motels in the city center or districts, fully equipped with basic amenities. The price of motels in Thanh Hoa is about 300,000 VND per night or more.

The only golf course in Thanh Hoa province.

Where to play?

Thanh Hoa has rich tourism resources with many scenic spots, historical sites, beaches, primeval forests, cave systems and limestone mountains spread throughout the province’s districts and many famous festivals. .

The famous tourist destination of Thanh is Sam Son beach. Every year, the beach attracts a large number of tourists, especially during the April 30 and summer holidays.

In addition, Thanh Hoa has many other famous destinations.

Hai Tien Beach

Located about 15 km from the center of Thanh Hoa city to the northeast, Hai Tien has a long sea road, clean sandy beach, the landscape is still unspoiled but the infrastructure is quite modern, comfortable services, suitable for resort. Visitors can participate in many activities on the beach, enjoy fresh seafood or experience a cruise, visit some places such as Ne island, Linh Truong mountain, Lach Hoi, Con Truong.

East Beach

East Beach. Photo: Manh Tien Khoi

Bai Dong is a destination in Tinh Gia district, about 40 km southeast of Thanh Hoa city. The sea here is quite calm, suitable for bathing and participating in water activities. Bai Dong owns a long coastline, surrounded by high mountains, rocky rapids, wild and peaceful scenery, not as busy as Sam Son or Hai Tien sea. This is a suitable place to camp overnight and watch the sunrise. At Bai Dong, there are also many bungalows and restaurants.

Hai Hoa Sea

Hai Hoa beach is about 45 km south of Thanh Hoa city, near Nghe An territory. Hai Hoa resort and beach is peaceful with pristine beaches, clear water, calm waves, long sandy beaches. At dawn, Hai Hoa sea is bustling with fishermen pulling nets to harvest seafood. This is also a place for visitors to enjoy fresh food at affordable prices. Hon Me Island can be seen from this beach. However, the service here is not as rich as other places in Thanh Hoa.

Ben En National Park

Ben En National Park. Photo: Nguyen A

Dubbed “Ha Long of Thanh”, Ben En National Park has many activities for visitors to choose from, such as boating, swimming, diving to explore the riverbed, picnicking on the shore, fishing, etc. Explore Ngoc cave with many limestone deposits, stalactites or visit Ben En Museum with many preserved antiques and historical relics. Ben En National Park also possesses a diverse ecosystem, with 300 valuable medicinal herbs and many rare animals such as red-eyed monkeys and ground phoenixes.

Pu Luong Nature Reserve

Pu Luong in the ripe rice season. Photo: Tuan Dao

As a nature reserve with a total area of ​​more than 17,500 hectares, Pu Luong is located at an altitude of 1,700 m, with cool weather, fresh air and a landscape close to nature. Pu Luong has two ripe rice seasons, May and October every year, attracting many tourists. To Pu Luong, visitors can conquer Pu Luong peak, visit the famous Hieu village with Hieu stream, where the tree roots lying in the stream bed are calcified into stone, Tom village, Don village, Bat cave…

Ham Rong historical and cultural relic site

Located about 3 km from the center of Thanh Hoa city, Ham Rong cultural and historical relic site has a total area of ​​560 hectares, including scenic spots, revolutionary historical sites, cultural and spiritual works such as Ham Bridge. Dragon, Ham Rong mountain, Tien Son cave, Long Quang cave, Ngoc mountain, Canh Tien mountain, Dong Son ancient village, Truc Lam Ham Rong Zen Monastery. There are also mysterious natural landscapes with mountain and cave populations.

Cam Luong magic fish stream

Tourists enjoy playing by the stream of divine fish
Cam Luong magic fish stream. Video: Le Hoang

Cam Luong fish stream eco-tourism area is located in the west, about 80 km from the center of Thanh Hoa City, along the Ho Chi Minh road. Than fish stream originates from the water in Bo Um limestone mountain in the Truong Sinh mountain range, only about 150m long but is home to thousands of natural fish of all sizes and colors. Spring water never dries up, the water level in the deepest place in the rainy season is from 50 to 80 cm, almost always clear. The best time to visit Cam Luong divine fish stream is from April to September when the water level is highest, seeing many fish swimming.

Citadel of the Ho Dynasty

Ho Dynasty citadel. Photo: Le Hoang

About 45 km from the center of Thanh Hoa city, the Ho Dynasty Citadel is the capital of Dai Ngu (Vietnam’s national name in the Ho Dynasty) built by Ho Quy Ly in 1397. Visitors can admire the massive citadel, The whole building is built of block stone, including slabs weighing more than two tons. The stone citadel, recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage, is one of the few remaining stone ramparts in the world.

Lam Kinh Historical site

Lam Kinh relic site belongs to Lam Son cultural space, an ancient land, appearing since the time when Hung Vuong founded the country. Lam Kinh is the cradle of the Le Dynasty, built by King Le Loi in 1428. Lam Kinh ancient capital is famous for its feng shui architecture “squaring the sea”, surrounded by Dau Mountain, Chua Mountain, and Huong Mountain. , with the clear Ngoc River flowing around, the areas of electricity, shrines, tombs, walking areas… Lam Kinh is an artistic architectural system with tombs, inscriptions, temples, shrines and temples. many monuments around. This is one of the most well-preserved works, helping history-loving tourists understand more about Vietnam’s Late Le era.

Thai temple of the Le dynasty

Thai temple of the Le dynasty. Photo: Le Hoang

Located 2 km from the city center, in Dong Ve ward, Thanh Hoa city is the Thai temple of the Hau Le Dynasty (also known as the Temple of the Le Dynasty), a place to worship 27 Emperors of the Le Dynasty, Hoang Thai Hau and other kings. During the Later Le Dynasty, there were two public figures who founded the country, Nguyen Trai and Le Lai. Thai temple still preserves many valuable original artifacts.

The Thai temple of the Hau Le Dynasty was originally built in Lam Kinh (Tho Xuan district), then it was moved to Thang Long with the name Hoang Duc Palace. In 1805, King Gia Long ordered the transfer of the Thai temple of the Hau Le dynasty to Bo Ve village. In addition to sightseeing and learning about history, visitors also have the opportunity to discover the art of ancient architecture and typical sculpture of the Late Le Dynasty.


Sour meatball

Thanh Hoa spring rolls. Photo: Vu Thuan Khuyen

Nem chua is the most famous specialty of Thanh Hoa, there are many types such as long, square, spring rolls, spring rolls, grilled spring rolls. The ingredients for making spring rolls are thai pork skin, lean butt meat, rice ear, wrapped with clove leaves or guava leaves and other spices. Nem chua is often dipped with chili sauce. Nem has the crispiness of pork skin, the mild sour taste after being fermented, the spicy taste of chili garlic and the sweetness of the meat.

Shrimp rolls

Shrimp cakes in the right style have to be grilled on charcoal. Photo: Taste of Thanh

Shrimp cake is a rustic dish of Thanh. The filling is made from crushed fresh powdered shrimp, minced bacon, dried onions and chopped pho, seasoned with spices and Gac oil to create color. After preliminary processing, the filling is wrapped with small rice noodles in the palm of your hand, clamped on fresh bamboo braces or arranged on a charcoal grill.

Shrimp cakes are often served with pickles, raw vegetables and diluted fish sauce. The sweet taste of shrimp and the mild sourness of melon mixed with the spiciness of fresh chili and raw vegetables create a new taste for diners from afar.

Pancakes with shrimps

Thanh Hoa cake is made from ingredients such as plain flour, chopped vegetables, shredded cabbage, spring onions and especially fresh copper shrimp, processed by a deep cast iron pan. This dish is eaten with fish sauce and pickles made from papaya, carrots, and figs. With a thin, crispy powder coated crust with the cool sweetness of vegetables and the fleshy taste of shrimp. Thanh Hoa shrimp cakes are considered easy to eat and can be eaten without being sick.

Thanh Hoa roll cake

Thanh Hoa roll cake. Photo: Do ​​Trang

Thanh Hoa rolls are different from banh cuon in the northern provinces, because the filling is made from sea shrimp and fried onions. Thanh Hoa people often use bamboo pipes as big as plows to get cakes instead of thin, thin bamboo sticks like in other places. Thanh Hoa roll cake also has many other variations, the most popular is the unfilled cake cut into a cylinder, sprinkled with fried onions and eaten hot with fish sauce or with eel porridge, which Thanh Hoa people liken as a “squishy” to eat with pho. Hanoi. The cake is served with local fish sauce and spring rolls, adding skull and chili peppers.

Nga Son fish salad

Fish salad is a specialty of the Nga Son region. The frogfish is a smooth-skinned, long, strong and aggressive fish, usually living in brackish water. After cleaning the slime, removing the skin and filtering the bones, the meat is squeezed with galangal and lemongrass. When eating mixed with rice hearing.

The soul of the fish salad is the dipper made from crushed fish bones mixed with bacon, batch, chicken eggs and spices and cooked. The finished product will have a red-orange color, with a special consistency and flavor. The fish is difficult to catch and the processing is sophisticated. Thanh Hoa people often roll the fig leaves into a funnel shape, put the mango salad, sprinkle it with red onions, add red onion, rice paper, shrimp paste and enjoy.

Harrow gears

Harrow gear. Photo: Pham Cuc

The harrow gear is known as a specialty in many districts such as Vinh Loc and Tho Xuan. The cake is wrapped with dong or banana leaves, the shell is made from plain rice flour, and the filling is filled with pork shoulder, wood ear, onion, and pepper. The cake is cooked by boiling or steaming, served with pure fish sauce mixed with lemon, chili or northern pepper. Harrow gear is best when eaten hot. Peel off the layer of leaves, revealing the green color from the leaves, which naturally infiltrates the dough on the outside of the cake. The hot cake will wake up with the aroma of fatty onions, the sweet taste mixed with the greasy taste of the filling.

Four-pillar thorn cake

The ingredients that make up the unique flavor of the cake are hemp leaves, along with glutinous rice flour and molasses, into a characteristic black crust. The filling is made from the main ingredients of sugar, green beans, grated coconut and banana oil. Banana leaves used to wrap gai cake are dried banana leaves and pepper to age naturally on the tree, have toughness and bring aroma to the cake. The combination of the soft taste of glutinous rice, the aromatic flavor of mung bean paste and the sweetness of molasses creates a unique flavor for this cake.

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